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Scott Parker disappointed with defeat

last updated Monday 01st April 2019, 8:34 PM


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Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker was disappointed with defeat but wouldn’t want to change the approach he tried to take against Manchester City.

Two early goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero condemned Fulham to defeat but Parker insists that the team was trying to play the right way.

Parker said: “We obviously knew and understood the challenge we faced before kick-off and it proved that way.

At times it was very difficult, in the first-half I felt we started a little bit nervy for the first ten minutes.

“We wanted to stamp our way on the game, making sure everyone understood the way we set-up and how we wanted the team to play and that there was risk which we recognised.

“I thought the lads were brave certainly in the first-half, 1-0 down after five minutes you can fold, but overall it was a difficult afternoon.

“We wanted to play through the thirds a little bit and a risk came with that, that was proved with a couple of mistakes, I wouldn’t change the way the lads played, or the way we set up.

“If there was one thing it’s that the lads showed some bravery out there today because it’s quite easy when you’re playing a football match against a world class team like Man City to hide and play back to front quickly and not see any of the ball.

“I know ultimately that we lost the game through individual errors, but I was pleased with certain parts.

” Parker has had a tough ask in the role with three home fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City but he thinks the team have shown some fight in these big games.

He said: “In terms of me personally it is what it is, I want to talk about the team, I want the team to show what they can do.

At times this season we’ve shown glimpses, and we’ve shown glimpses in the past three games, albeit three tough games.

“I think it’s cliche, it’s true there’s six games left but it’s still mathematically possible [to stay up], but being realistic we need to look ahead at where we lie and it’s a tough ask of course.

“The main focus is the remaining games and we push and end the season on a positive, obviously this season has been a difficult campaign.

” Parker was quizzed by the press about the absence of Aleksandar Mitrovic in the matchday squad and he confirmed that the Serbian international didn’t return from international duty fully fit.

“Aleksandar Mitrovic has been struggling in the last few weeks with an ongoing issue he has, he featured for Serbia in the week against Portugal, he came back in and didn’t really have a chance to get right.

The turnaround for Tuesday is going be a day to day basis.

“We’ll try and get some treatment into him but really I couldn’t make a call on whether or not he will be fit for Tuesday or not, it’s a stomach problem,” said Parker.



























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